Sparkly Stones on My Grenade Box

When I was a teenager, my altar consisted of sticks, stones, a candle, a black headscarf, and my favorite books on a wee shelf by my bed. In college, I gave up the shelf and wrapped everything in the headscarf. While in the Marine Corps, my altar took different shapes: four stones, a 13-inch length of green 550 parachute cord and a tiny bottle of rosemary oil; then I added candles and incense and put everything in an ammunition can; by the time I left the Corps, my witchy things filled a grenade box.

Today, my altar spreads its arms around an entire room. And it grows, and grows, and grows… The latest additions to my witchy treasure are five stones from my dear Stacy of Magic Love Crow. I’ve set them on top of the grenade that now holds my seasonal witchy bits. Aren’t they precious? Thank you, Stacy. I love my sparklies. And just so you know, the purple one has tight a hold on me ;-) 

This one is totally for Gina. Can you see where I put the Blue John Crystal and the water? 

Like I said before, my altar has claimed the room. This bit flanks the main altar wall. I received the fluffy bird sketch from Katy Magee, the author of Diary of Bones. She is a fighter who has been working on re-spreading her wings. I love the idea of a her drawing a bird. I set the sketch near a gift (the figurine) I got from one of the strongest women I’ve ever known, in hope that their energies will meet; also because I like looking at the bird while I write. Katy, you rock... and fly! 

This sparkly mushroom was a gift from Incipient Wings. The artist was running a giveaway, which I didn’t win. So how did you get the mushroom, Wickedest Witch of Them All? Easy, she was feeling thankful (and sparkly) so she wanted to put a smile on the faces of everyone who stopped by to say hello. I like smiles, so thanks a bunch. Now I have my first ornament for this year’s Autumn Equinox tree ;-) 

And this is the center of my altar. I need to hand-craft some delicious (red, black and glittery) shelves on fill those two spaces at the top. Yep, the bits of witchy delight seem to be climbing up the wall. 
Im remembering the beauty and the love… and living for me and for those who have offered their light, so that all can sparkle freely. Shine on, my Wicked Luvs, especially when standing in the dark.       

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    1. Thank you, Lon. I enjoy having it around. Looking at it and smiling at the origin of every bit ;-)

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  2. Oh wow...so much love and positivity :D Love how it is all spreading and growing rampant :D XXX

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    1. "rampant" is a very good word for it LOL

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  3. I like that idea. Making the altar involve more of the room than just a table. I don't have any current pics of mine, but it will involve more of the room for All Hallow's than it does right now.

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    1. I'm very excited about All Hallow's Eve. I already got myself a present *cough, cough* so the altar's reach will expand. It will be nice to see your All Hallow's witchiness ;-)

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  4. I had altars all over the city house. Just about every horizontal surface was an altar to the earth/mother. Now it all resides, mostly, in a five tier bookcase after we got rid of many of our books when we moved.

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    1. When it was just me in the house, it was the same for me; altars everywhere. They were soothing. I restrict the witchiest of my things to the bedroom, mostly to keep the Little Princess from certain things. We want her to grow up seeing bits of everything (my Piano Man is atheist and the other of the Little Princess family is neither atheist nor Pagan). We are hoping that she will grow up with a balanced knowledge/exposure to everything and then make her decisions. Well, that was long LOL

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  5. I am in love with a wicked witch being all glittery and sparkly. It is one of my favorite juxapositions. OOoowwww....

    I like to think of an altar as a physical manifestation of our pure soul and that constructing an altar is practice at getting used to revealing our real selves... manifesting aspect we wish to cultivate openly.

    I can tell you a joke easy enough, but ask me to bare my soul... well that is another thing.

    So, can it be that when altars become larger and begin to inhabit a room, rooms or a house, that you are revealing and manifesting more of your intended self out into the world?

    Thank you for the thoughtful and the grateful article.

    Mario





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    1. My house is my altar, really. And, thanks to Mario,I have begun to see my creative work as my ritual.

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    2. Mario, there is something magical about shining in the dark or allowing darkness into the light. I feel that it works and that the universe smiles when opposites (and similar things) work together to make something better, or just to make something ;-)

      Eliora, that is the reason why your tickles the soul with pure energy.

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  6. I love that it spreads about the room. Altars can have a center, but I see no need for walls or "ends" they should spread their wings over our entire lives.

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    1. Let them fly, let them fly, let them fly!!!

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  7. What a lovely and meaningful altar that you have created filled with special objects, Magaly! thank you for sharing!

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    1. It is wonderful to fill my space with things that mark different events, relationships, stages... just sweet!

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  8. beautiful and meaningful..........hmmm I think it reflects you, Oma Linda

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  9. Delicious, red, black and glittery - coming right up!

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    1. *does a little dance and things cabinet thoughts*

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  10. And here I thought my book shelves with plants, fossils, and rocks and my cabinet with my crystal ball, bell, rocks, statues, and bowls of rocks and my two cedar chests and bowls of rocks were just my idea of décor...

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    1. You know what they say about great witchy minds...

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  11. Sweet Magaly, thank you so much for the award. But it's all coming down over here, so I just can't post for it. If you check my latest post you'll see why.

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    1. Off to read your post. Hope all is well with you, Cinnamon Man and the kitties.

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  12. Everything looks beautiful Magaly! I love it all ;o)

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    1. As do I. Everything comes from the most amazing friends every *wink, wink*

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  13. Awwwwwwwww <3
    You have a sweet way with words Magaly. Thank you.
    My little bird looks so happy with all those books! I think you found the perfect spot.

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    1. I set the bird in three or four different places, but none felt right. Not until I put him on top of a book of poetry, in the company of a figurine I got from an awesome librarian :-D

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  14. Your altar is absolutely lovely. :) I especially love the mushroom.

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    1. It's a gorgeous sparkly thing, that mushroom, isn't it? I can't wait to see it brightening my Autumn Equinox tree ;-)

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  15. It's an artistic altar, indeed :) You arranged things beautifully, so nothing goes unnoticed.
    I liked the stones, and the sparkly one! mm.. come on, girls are like crows, like all glittery :)(we say there that crows are attracted towards such objects for building of their nests :)
    Have a wonderful day, Magaly! Shine on, girl!

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    1. I will continue to shine. Your crocheted start helps every time ;-)

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  16. I love that your altar is like a living organism which has evolved, adapted and grown according to your circumstances. Plus... pretty things! :D

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    1. It's both a Marine and a witchy thing, I think. To adapt, overcome and let our altars (and lives) grow just like they want. And pretty things are awesome :-D

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  17. You sparkly bits are beautiful and I love that your altar is growing. Altars are living things, and seem to grow or shrink with our lives. Yours reflects your joy makes me smile. I like that shining in the dark bit...I think if we allow ourselves we can Be the light in the darkness. Blessings Wicked Witch.

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    1. When we shine in the light, we are barely seeing. But in the darkness... BOOM! Yep, balanced dark and light makes a great combination ;-)

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  18. what can i say?people just want to give you gifts....it's your personality.
    I know I feel that:)
    so awesome that your altar fills a room.
    I have to say, I always always feel inspired after visiting here.
    thank you!!

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    1. And to read that visiting Pagan Culture inspires you, makes me smile even wider. I love when the circle is full of happy things ;-)

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  19. Beautiful! I love it. My altar is currently half on a shelf and half in a box, hiding the breakables from my little faeries. I love the change in layout by the way.

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    1. I totally understand about keeping some things out of the reach of the little ones. The Little Princess is not allowed in our bedroom without supervision, and we stress the fact that she's not to touch anything. I usually set a shoji around my alter when anyone other than my Piano Man and I enters our bedroom.

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  20. Yes, yes I am incredibly, terribly behind on my visit. Life and all, as they say. Oh honey, there is just not enough time in a day...

    I LOVE this amazing Alter which has taken an entire room of your home. It can only be a powerhouse of love, blessings and energy. Oh my, I think I am feeling the waves all the way here. Love to you Sweetie. Mina

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    1. You are never behind in this house, especially when I write about my altar (or work on it). Trust me; your name goes into all my jars of honey ;-)

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